Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it is to run a series of FREE activity days for disabled children, and those with additional needs, throughout Staffordshire, during the October half term school holiday.
The ‘Awesome Autumnal Activities’ sessions, funded by Aiming High Staffordshire, will see participants, aged 8-18, using their imagination to enjoy a range of arts, crafts, toys and games in a relaxed and secure environment.
Julia Lunn, Family Services Manager at Caudwell Children, says the sessions are a great opportunity for children and young people to get out of the house and meet new friends. As she explained: “Our activity days are extremely popular. They’re a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet new people.
“Participants will get the chance to paint, make masks, and perhaps even create animations. The sessions will be led by those attending as they will have an input into the games and activities that they enjoy.”
Julia says that the sessions have been designed to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem, whilst having fun.
The activity days will take place at the following venues:
“They’re going to be fabulous, fun filled days,” said Julia. “However, with only 15 places available, per session, I’d urge parents to get their child registered now to avoid disappointment!”
Whilst participants are sure to have bags of fun Julia says there is a serious side to the workshops. She said: “Whilst our activity days encourage creativity they also help children to work as a team which boosts their confidence.
“It’s also a great way to develop listening skills and learn how to respond to others. So whilst participants will be having a great time, in a fantastic workshop, they will be developing many invaluable skills.”
The ‘Short Break’ activity days are ASDAN accredited as part of Caudwell Children’s Expressive Arts programme.
ASDAN is a pioneering curriculum development organisation and awarding body which ensures that accredited programmes grow skills for learning, employment and life.
The ASDAN accreditation can be extremely helpful in the employment market as Julia concluded: “Any child or young person who attends our activity days will gain the external accreditation.
“This can be extremely useful as it is highly valued by employers as they recognise that ASDAN qualifications are built around personal, social and employability skills.
“An ASDAN accreditation is great for your CV and could be invaluable for those that we support.”
Children with personal care needs must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
For further information about the workshops visit: www.caudwellchildrenkids.com/days-out-events/ To book a place call Julia on 01782 600263.
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